Table of Contents
- Animation and Art
- Final Verdict
TAGS : Comedy, Demons, Ecchi, Romance, School, Harem
STORY – 7.5/10
Issei Hyoudou, a lively and perverted teenager is living rather as peacefully as he can. He is a devil however, and he’s gotta do what devils do..answer to the requests of the people and get something in return. However, some dark things from the past resurface, as his friend in arms, Yuuto, struggles to keep his emotions in check when he sees an Excalibur in a childhood picture of Issei. What is his connection to that sword, and why is he acting the way he does? At the same time, the Three Great Powers – Devils, Fallen Angels and Angels try to sign a peace treaty..but will that happen without problems? Also, what is Rias’ “sealed” servant? And finally the White One appears before Issei. What intentions might he have, being that he is the one Ddraig warned Issei about last season?
The story of Highschool D×D NeW continues from where Season One left off. Rias moves in with Issei and Asia, and we follow the daily life of Issei Hyoudou, a young devil servant of Rias Gremory. However, what troubles lie in front of our main character this time? With the addition of quite a few of characters in this season, it feels very fresh. The dark plotline seen from the very first episodes follows through, with this season being more “conspiracy” focused. We have some political plotline, some dirt brought up from the past packed with a lot of action. The story appears to be better than first seasons’, beng a little bit more coherent. The anime’s still filled with boobs, panty shots and what not. But, if you’ve already watched season one and like it, I don’t think that’s something that’ll put you off. The boobs are actually used in this show for various things, which is nice to see.
Overall, the story is good. It’s still very damn good for a Harem/Ecchi anime combination, but nothing to fanboy over just yet.
I am going to focus on the characters that were freshly introduced, I covered previous cast in the review that can be found here!
Azazel : A charismatic man, with black and blonde hair. He is rather easy-going, not giving “many fucks” about anything in particular. He is the Governor of the Fallen Angels. He meets Issei when he acts as his new client for the devils’ job. He is very intelligent person, and is obsessed with Sacred Gears.
Sirzechs Lucifer : While Sirzechs appeared in the previous season, he plays a bigger role in this one. He is the brother of Rias Gremory, as well as being one of the Four Satans, the Lucifer. He is a sis-con, and loves his sister very much. He is also very charismatic and charming. He has long, crimson coloured hair. He treats devils as individuals, and doesn’t care whether or not they are High class or Low class.
Archangel Michael : Michael is very charming leader of Angels. He has long, blonde hair and green eyes. He is very understanding, forgiving, and doesn’t allow the differences between races interfere with his actions. He treats Devils and Fallen Angels like his equals. Michael is also a very humble, yet generous person.
Gasper Vladi : A sealed Bishop of Rias Gremory. He is a cross-dressing boy, half-human and half-vampire. He is the possessor of the Sacred Gear called “Forbidden Balor View”, because of which he never leaves the room. He is afraid of his own power. He is very shy, being a hikikomori (shut-in) and struggles when being in places with people. He has short, blonde hair, and is fairly short. Throughout the show, he tries to become “a man” Ise told him he needs to be.
Irina Shidou : A childhood friend of Issei. She is 17 years old, and has dark-blonde hair with purple eyes. When they were young, Ise mistook her for a boy because she behaved and dressed like one, but grew up to be very beautiful and girly woman. She is one of the exorcists of the Church, and instantly recognizes Issei as a devil. She is very sweet and charming, having a lot of faith in God. She cares a lot about her friends and is very emotional. She is the user of Excalibur Mimic.
Xenovia : Xenovia at first appears to be rather calm and composed, as well as having vicious tendencies. In the battle, she lets go and becomes a wild beast. She is 17 years old, and has short, blue hair with green dye. She is rather cold when first met, but grows up to become really compassionate. She is the user of Excalibur Destruction, as well as the Holy Sword Durandal, being a natural born Holy Sword wielder.
Vali Lucifer : Emperor of the White Dragon, the White One Ddraig warns Issei about. He is a battle maniac, always looking for a fight. His Sacred Gear is Divine Dividing, containing the other Heavenly Dragon, Albion inside. He is also the descendant of the first Lucifer, however, being born as a half, he was able to be possessed by Albion. He is said to be the most powerful Emperor of the White Dragon of all times. He has short, gray hair and blue eyes. He is very arrogant and carefree, being very confident in his abilities.
The new cast we’ve got this season is a very nice addition. They all bring something new to the show, refreshing it, as well as adding more seriousness and humour to it. They are well written characters, each having their own motives for acting one way or another, and each of them is dealing with the problems of their own. Their interactions are fun to witness and look at. The variety of characters is this seasons’ one of the biggest assets.
ANIMATION AND ART – 8/10
Animation was a big step-up this season. The fights look really well, as well as the effects. The art is pretty much the same, although it looks a little bit fresh. The step-up of the animation is very noticeable because this season is pretty much action packed. Although some may say that the fights are pretty stale, they still look way above average, especially above average when you consider the tags of the show. It’s still not the best, but definitely worth looking at, and not a cringe-worthy thing.
SOUNDTRACK – 9/10
Once again, the soundtrack department of this show is shining. As with it’s predecessor, Highschool D×D NeW offers a very good soundtrack, with few tunes coming back from the first season, and other new ones. They are all really good, keeping their symphonic feel to them.
This season has two openings, and both of them are catchy with great visuals coming along. Although in my opinion, I slightly give the edge to the first one..It’s just so good..Endings are very good as always, having a very happy-go-lucky feeling to them.
The show is licensed by Funimation and the dub is available if you so desire. Like I’ve mentioned in previous review, it does change the personalities of the characters a little bit, but it does it’s job and is rather pleasent to listen to.
Final Verdict – 8/10
Highschool D×D NeW is a great sequel to already a very good series. It’s more serious, but doesn’t take away the things that make it the show people fell in love with. It blends together Ecchi and Action aspects relatively well, without any unnecessary accidental trips and shit. It’s not perfect by any means, the story could’ve been much better, the animation could’ve been better as well as the art..but it doesn’t have to. Everything comes together very well, giving us a show that’s definitely worth picking up, especially when you liked the first season.